Friday, September 28, 2007
By foot, by bus or by boat!
For those of you who have lived in Turkey or have visited Turkey you will appreciate this story. On Wednesday I needed to go to the European side to have some blood work done. I had to eat breakfast and then be at the clinic exactly two hours after I had eaten not a minute later. No problem right? Except that morning bridge traffic is terrible! I decided to take public instead of driving. Ok I ate at 8:15 then at 8:30 I headed out the door. I walked to the street and caught a mini bus to the boat I was going to take at 9:15. But traffic was horrible and I missed the boat by like 2 minutes! So then I got in a taxi and headed to another boat in another part of town. Thankfully these boats leave when they get full and not a certain time. So I get to the other side and by now it is 9:45 and I have 30 minutes to get there. I hop in a taxi and make it there by 10:00! It took me 1hr. 45min. to get there then I waited for about 10 min and then they took my blood, which took all of 30 seconds and then it was time to start the journey back! This time though I took one bus to a particular stop that went across the bridge and then that next bus would take me all the way home. Sounds easy, right? But as I was walking to the stop the bus I needed to be on passed me! And these days I don't run to catch anything! So I had to wait about 15 minutes for the next bus. Then I was on my way! And I finally returned home about 12:00. Needless to say I took a nap in the afternoon cause I was tired from all the traveling! And for those of you who don't know this is pretty typical travel day for most who live here. So I won't get any sympathy from those living in the city. That's ok I wouldn't give it to them either!